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Two Seasons of Amazon's Lord of the Rings Show Could Cost $500 Million

Otaku-sempai
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Mar 16, 3:10pm

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Two Seasons of Amazon's Lord of the Rings Show Could Cost $500 Million Can't Post

CBR.com reports on an internal study by Reuters:


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...the Lord of the Rings TV series could end up costing the electronic commerce behemoth in the neighborhood of $500 million -- or more -- for the first two seasons alone. While the projection appears to be quite staggering, half of the total, $250 million, was spent on acquiring the rights to make the series in the first place, with the remainder of the projection being attributed to marketing and production costs.


The end of the article notes that there is still not much known about the series:


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The prequel series remains in the very early stages of its development with no casting information or production details known, though there is reportedly potential for spinoff shows. Additional details will be released as the series enters production.


"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

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squire
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Mar 16, 6:12pm

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This scary headline should be a lot clearer [In reply to] Can't Post

This scary headline should be a lot clearer that the production itself is possibly $250M for 2 seasons, i.e., $125 million per season or $12.5 million per episode for a standard 10-episode season. That is, apparently, slightly higher than the ever-rising price of producing Game of Thrones episodes, although factors like permanent set construction and initial costuming etc, which carry through a series, means the budgeting is never as simple as just X per episode. The other $250M for the LotR series is the rights cost already paid in the big news of a few months ago. It's money out of pocket for Amazon, no doubt, but for a completely different aspect of what finally shows up on screen.

So the headline as written is fairly deceptive. It implies that the production costs alone will be half a billion: "Two seasons .... could cost ..." would not be taken by any casual reader as including rights costs; rather the comparative math comes up with $25 million per episode, which is of course quite scary and quite wrong.



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Otaku-sempai
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Mar 16, 7:06pm

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True... [In reply to] Can't Post

...though I only copied the headline; I didn't make it up myself. Click-bait story headlines are pretty common at comics sites (and AOL.com for that matter).

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squire
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Mar 16, 9:01pm

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No, no [In reply to] Can't Post

I got that you copied the headline, and that the headline is clickbait. I would argue for a self-enforced policy of not copying clickbait to this board, whenever it is possible to write an equally engaging but far more accurate subject lead.

In any case, if I was being too severe on that one, I apologize. I very much appreciate your bringing the article itself to our attention! It's not much but it confirms that yes, the project is slowly moving forward.



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